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Uranium Fever: Rudy Gaddis [1955]

This old timey paean to the uranium prospector is another song that invokes the gold rush of yore to explain the new uranium fad of the '50s. See also Uranium Fever by Elton Britt, Uranium Rock by Warren Smith, Uranium by The Commodores, and Uranium Blues by Loy Clingman.

Rudy Gaddis was a Tyler, Texas-based honky-tonk singer and Hank Snow soundalike who recorded Uranium Fever at a Shreveport radio station after successfully auditioning for Starday. The song's melody bears more than a little resemblance to Hank Williams' Kaw-Liga.

This was Gaddis's only Starday single. He went on to record with the Lonestar Rangers on a variety of small Texas labels including Liberty, Love and Custom before retiring from music in the 1980s.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Uranium Fever: Rudy Gaddis [1955]

From the California mountains into New Mexico
Cross the state of Arizona where the Gila River flows.
In the mountains down in Texas all along the Rio Grande
From Mojave, Colorado out across the Utah sands

They are searchin’ every mountain, they are turnin’ every stone
The strangest band of hunters that the West has ever known
While they trod across the desert as if guided by a star
They are searchin’ ever searchin’, oh what are they searchin’ for?

Refrain: Why it’s uranium fever that’s got ‘em on the go
How they stand the pace is somethin’ I will never know
But they go right on a-searchin’, just hopin’ they will find
Hidden far off in the mountains there a rich uranium mine.

They camp out on the desert and they’re up before the sun
They hunt with Geiger counters instead of with a gun
They’re not bothered by the weather while they’re always on the go
They don’t seem to mind the desert sun or the winter snow.

They may never find a strike but hope is always there
For deep inside each one’s the wish to be a millionaire
It’s not silver they are seekin’, it’s not gold of any kind
They’re not searchin’ through the mountains for the old Lost Dutchman Mine.

Refrain

Rudy Gaddis [1955]
Uranium Fever
(R. Gaddis-J. Gaddis)
Starday 217

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